A Darkening Acre of Shade takes the reader on a twisting, turning adventure into a part of South America that most people never knew existed. Enter the world of a ruthless and sinister man who will stop at nothing to achieve his desires. Even to the point of risking the livelihood of his closest family members. To him, nothing matters more than achieving the status of an American citizen, where he can walk freely through the nation expanding his illegal enterprise.
In this adventure, Spanish culprits wreak havoc through arson and destruction to camouflage their real motive; kidnapping Jake’s best friend to a remote airfield where a twin engine airplane whisks them off into the darkened night. Jake’s attempt to follow them fails and leaves him staring into the moonlight as the plane flies away. Then he notices movement in the shadows of the trees lining the airfield. A cigar smoking man speaks to him in accented broken English. The man tells him he must travel to Cartagena, Colombia if he ever wants to see his friend alive again.
Upon arrival in the foreign land, Jake finds himself held against his will, in the high walled estate of a prominent business socialite with ancestral ties to the Escobar Empire. Eduing Vargas is the ruthless commerce magnate who forces Jake to design and network a distribution system. Moving designer drugs into the United States through a business masked with legitimate products using the EBay and Paypal organizations. Jake must also consent to a marriage with Vargas’ daughter in order to procure U.S. citizenship for Eduing in the most expedient way possible. Jake’s life as he knew it suddenly ceases to exist. Heavily guarded by the nasty Vargas henchmen, Jakes choices are made very simple; cooperate and his friend will live, refuse and they will both die.
Written in the first person, A Darkening Acre of Shade rides a rollercoaster through veiled questions, coded messages, map details and the secret sealed tunnels of the ancient fortress which overlooks the beautiful city of Cartagena. Intrigue, mis-direction, corruption, and romance reach up from the pages and shake your hand in this third in the series of Jake Snow adventures, from burgeoning writer Alan Meyers Starkey.
- Alan Meyers Starkey, October 2011
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